Firearms

HK Adds Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Tactical Models to HK VP Line

HK VP9 TACTICAL pistol left side

Two new models of Heckler & Koch’s VP striker fired pistol have been added to the company line-up this summer.  New Flat Dark Earth (FDE) colored frame variants and threaded barrel “Tactical models”join the renowned VP family of 9mm and .40 caliber pistols. The new VP FDE models are manufactured using special colorants added to the frame during the molding process and are available in both 9mm (VP9) and .40 caliber (VP40). The color frame cannot fade or chip and is unaffected by chemicals, sun, and exposure to the elements. FDE models have all of the highly regarded VP features—with the addition of their colored frames. Flat Dark Earth is a tan/brown color scheme that has gained favor among many military and security units in recent years.

HK VP9 TACTICAL pistol left side
HK VP9 TACTICAL LEFT tritium powered night sights threaded protector

The VP Tactical models (available in both 9mm and .40 S&W) are also identical to standard HK VP pistols, except for the addition of premium grade threaded barrels—only their weights and lengths differ due to the longer and slightly heavier threaded barrel.

The threaded barrels are manufactured at HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany, using the legendary Heckler & Koch cold-hammer forging process. HK cold hammer forged barrels—made from proprietary cannon grade steel—are well known for their long service life. Similar HK barrels on P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests.

“Adding color frame models and VPs with threaded barrels is our response to the many customer requests we received on this phenomenal handgun,”said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Look for us to continue fleshing out the VP Series with customer-driven product improvements. The VP is one of HK’s most successful handguns. Its ‘precise pull’ trigger is recognized as industry-leading. VP pistols are accurate, rugged, safe, easy to fit to any shooter’s hand—and they’re fun guns to shoot.” Both the VP FDE color frame models and the VP Tactical models are made completely in HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany using all of the company’s advanced technologies for barrel manufacturing, as well as production of the machined steel slide, polymer frame, and all internal components. HK VP pistols are competitively priced and covered by Heckler & Koch’s lifetime warranty.

FDE or Tactical? 9mm or .40 S&W? Make your top pick and share it in the comment section.

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Comments (3)

  1. Just my opinion, I think Steyr is better they Glocks. THE Shooter’s Log never show any of there brands of pistols.

    1. Just haven’t had any requests from readers or suggestions from writers to cover the Steyr. I’ll see what I can do. ~Dave Dolbee

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